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Roses, the world’s favourite flowers, are great garden performers that, if well cared for, will live for many years and produce thousands of exquisite blooms.


Useful Articles on growing and maintaining roses for gardeners of all abilities.


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  • Grow roses in a sunny spot with plenty of air movement around the plants.


  • Before planting, dig in some well-aged manure or compost and some Dynamic Lifter pellets.
  • In areas with acid soil, add some Yates Garden Lime.


  • Feed rose plants regularly (at least monthly) during their growing season.
  • Thrive Granular Rose Food and Dynamic Lifter Organic Plant Food can be alternated to provide roses with an all-round, healthy diet.
  • Potted roses should be fed with Dynamic Lifter Advanced for Roses.

Pest & disease alert

  • Black spot (dark spots on yellowing leaves), powdery mildew (white mouldy patches) and rust (raised orange bumps) are common fungal diseases that can seriously weaken roses.
  • Insect pests such as aphids are attracted to the tender young shoots of roses.
  • Control diseases and insect pests with Yates Rose Shield Insect & Disease Spray, or ready-to-use Nature’s Way Citrus & Ornamental Spray.
  • Yates Nature’s Way Pyrethrum is a natural insecticide that kills insect pests on contact.
  • Yates Nature’s Way Insect Spray is an organic insecticide that also controls tiny sap-seeking mites.

Rose Pruning Tips

  • Prune using sharp secateurs and a good pruning saw.
  • Prune most roses in mid to late winter.
  • Climbers, weepers and roses that only bloom in spring should be pruned after main flowering is over.
  • Clear the centre of the bush and shorten all growth.
  • Remove weak and spindly branches.
  • Immediately after pruning, while roses have no leaves, spray with Yates Lime Sulphur to clean up fungal diseases, scales and mites.

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Handy tips:

  • Wear strong leather gloves when pruning roses. Make sure that your fingers and the backs of your hands are well protected.
  • Hang half-opened roses upside down to dry. They can then be used to make long-lasting bouquets.
  • Cut blooms with long stems. This encourages more flowers to form.
Autumn Winter Spring Summer
Use Rose Shield to control disease Plant new roses. Prune established bush roses. Feed monthly. Begin spray program. Prune weepers and climbers. Pick roses regularly. Control pest and diseases.

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